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Tennessee Apple Stack Cake

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This is an old fashioned mountain stack cake recipe. The dried apples are cooked with spices and brown sugar, making a delicious filling for the cake layers.


  • 3 packages dried apples, (6 oz each)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup whipping cream, whipped


Place dried apples in a saucepan; add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash apples. Stir in brown sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger, cloves, and allspice; set aside.

Beat shortening at medium speed of an electric mixer until light; gradually beat in the sugar. Continue beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in milk and molasses.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt and remaining 1 teaspoon ginger; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until mixture forms a stiff dough. Divide dough into 8 equal portions; cover and chill for 1 to 2 hours.

Pat each portion of dough into an 8-inch circle on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully remove layers to wire racks; cool completely. Stack layers, spreading equal portions of reserved apple mixture between layers. Cover and chill for 8 hours. Spread whipped cream or whipped topping over top of cake before serving.

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 5 out of 5
Scrrrrumptious!, Member ladams1221

This is an outstanding dessert. I had it at a church reunion supper, and had to have the recipe. The baker told me to search on About.com. She said she baked her layers two at a time in 8"" round cake pans. I will definitely make this one - again and again. Sounds like a lot of work, but, oh, so worth it! Would be a great holiday tradition to start. The story that goes along with it makes it even better - a poor bride's wedding cake. All the neighbors from the ""holler"" would bring a layer to the wedding, and the bride's family would spread the apple butter between the layers. The number of layers would attest to the bride's popularity.

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